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Peterborough Recognizes First Ever International Paramedics Day

Article by PTBO Canada

Friday marks the first ever International Paramedics Day, meant to recognize and celebrate the work carried out by paramedics around the world.

July 8 marks the birthday of Dominique-Jean Larrey, a French surgeon and military doctor who is credited with introducing field hospitals, ambulance services, and first-aid practices to the battlefield. He is often referred to as the 'father of modern-day ambulance services'.

This day comes after Peterborough Paramedic Services experienced their busiest year in 2021.

According to a report released in March of this year, 2021 saw 19,305 emergency/urgent calls, up 13.24 per cent from 2020.

Peterborough Paramedics responded to a total of 38,439 calls in 2021, compared to 34,112 calls in 2020.

In celebration of the day, Peterborough County will be featuring some of Peterborough’s paramedics on their Facebook page.

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